Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is already hard at work cleaning up Donald Trump’s nuclear-tweet mess less than 24 hours after landing the gig.
Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Spicer allegedly handed a phone to co-host Mika Brzezinski for an off-air conversation. Brzezinski said that Trump told her, “Let it be an arms race, we will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all.”
Spicer immediately went into damage control mode. He appeared on both NBC’s “Today” and CNN’s “New Day” to clarify Trump’s comments. However, when Alisyn Camerota asked him about the conversation with Brzezinski, Spicer took a toned-down approach.
“That was a private conversation. I was not privy to that,” Spicer said.
All the nuclear talk started on Thursday when Trump sent the following tweet:
While appearing on “Today” show, attempted to re-frame the “arms race” comment reported on “Morning Joe.”
“Other countries need to be put on notice that he is not going to sit back and allow them to undermine our safety, our sovereignty,” Spicer told Matt Lauer. “He is going to match other countries and take action.”
When Lauer pressed further, Spicer insisted “there is not going to be” an arms race.
“But there’s not going to be because he is going to ensure other countries get the message he is not going to sit back and allow that,” Spicer said. “What’s going to happen is they will all come to their senses and we will all be just fine.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said his country needs to “enhance the combat capability of strategic nuclear forces, primarily by strengthening missile complexes that will be guaranteed to penetrate existing and future missile defense systems.”
Between the United State and Russia, the countries combine for more than 14,000 nuclear warheads, according to CNN. An actual arms race would reverse decades of anti-nuclear policy.
On Thursday, Trump selected the former Republican National Committee communications director to be his press secretary and assistant to the president. Rough first day…
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